Reviews: Music and Dance

Reviews: Music and Dance

Tributesto quartet

Contributions of Thanjavur quartet to the dance field – especially to the Bharathanatya – is immense and highly regarded. Realising their contributions and as a tribute young dancer Shwetha Lakshman performed “Thanjavur Margam” at the Padmini Rao Parampara Centre, under the auspices of the Ponnaiah Lalithakala Academy.

In the beginning itself Swetha paid her respects to Dikshitar, through the Gurusthuthi in Purvi Kalyani. After a shabdam in Kambodhi she got warmed up for the main item. Jathis in the elaborated swarajathi in the raga Huseni was executed effortlessly.

The Javali (Pharj) also performed with aplomb. It was followed by a kruthi in Mayamalavagowla and a thillana in Shankarabharana. Though it was proof of Swetha Lakshman’s progress over the years, she has to graduate to elevate the status of her performance. As she enjoys dancing and deeply interested, it will not be difficult to undergo higher training to reach greater heights.

Swetha also received good support from the wings: Natuvanga and vocal by S Shreyas, mridanga by S V Giridhar, flute by V Vivek, violin by Pradesh Achar, ghata by Betta Venkatesh and compering by Suggenahalli Shadakshari – fulfilled the needs of the occasion.

A pleasant recital

Shreya Devanath, who gave a solo violin concert for the Sapthaswara Academy last week belongs to the reputed Lalgudi School. She has already received prize and awards including from the Narada Gana Sabha, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha. She has passed all the examinations with distinction – 12th std and B A with highest honours and M A (Economics) with a prize for distinction. She has received prizes for her creative writings also.

Though Shreya Devnath played a number of compositions, she mainly elaborated two popular ragas. Touching the pivotal swaras with powerful phrases raga Shanmukhapriya was pleasing, she gradually developed the Mohana raga, phrase by phrase and made it colourful and wholesome.

The way she started the swaraprasthara in vilamba kaala and gradually moved to Drutha kaala was admirable. Her “patanthara” is good and presentation lively. In between she also presented few compositions like “Ksheera sagara”, neatly. Shreya concluded her concert with a devaranama (Jagadoddarana) and a thillana (Kaanada). No doubt she has a brighter future in the years to come. B.C. Manjunath and Bhargava Halambi gave good support on mridanga and khanjari respectively.

Colourful Odissi

The Nrityantar trains youngsters in Odissi dance under the able guidance of Madhulita Mohapatra. It also organizes lecture demonstrations and dance festivals round the year.
The Nrityantar ensemble gave a dance recital last week at the Malleswaram Rama Mandira. It was part of the 3 days cultural festival held in connection with the anniversary. The ensemble had chosen the epic tale Ramayana for their dance drama, which suited the occasion very well. Popular episodes like Seetha Swayamvara, Manthare’s Advise, Rama’s Vanavasa, Panchavati Vaasa, Surpanakha, Maricha, Lakshmana drawing “Lakshmana Rekha”, Seethapaharana, Jatayu Vadha and finally Ravana Vadha. The dancers changing the roles in quick succession, performed with gay abandon. Though recording was quiet old, the music was melodious.

It was followed by another dance ensemble under the direction of Sateesh Babu of Natyeshwara Mandira. Young dancers chose “Marriage” as the theme of their dance. They performed like puppets – every step or movement was like puppets. Only attraction was very colourful costumes. It is less said the better on their performances.

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